Kineta Sanford is the fourth full time staff member of the Yellow Springs Home, Inc. team. From 2018-2019 she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the organization and was able to fund raise in order to create the new position of Outreach and Fundraising Manager.
Kineta has an array of accomplishments under her belt from her VISTA year: implementing an affirmative marketing and outreach plan, providing a critical role on the grants team for fundraising $200,000+ in cash and in-kind donations, $7,500 of in-kind resources to assist with housing counseling efforts, 18 new households received affordable housing and financial coaching services, assisting with events including the creation of 29 engagement and marketing tools, and helping with project pre-development and grant applications on a number of projects.
Kineta taught English at a charter school in Dayton after earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Wright State University. She focused on a social justice curriculum for the students centered on issues of poverty, race, housing, access, and equality.
She knew going into that position that she would not only teach students, but would learn about how she could contribute to the community outside of the classroom. This led her into seeking out nonprofit work, ultimately leading her back to Yellow Springs. She now serves on Yellow Springs Village Council in addition to her service at Yellow Springs Home, Inc.
Along with her commitment to service and learning, Kineta is dedicated to family and friends. She and her husband, Jon, purchased a home in Yellow Springs where they live with their daughter, Nora, two cats and a dog, and close to her parents.